Sunday, August 25, 2013

There was a bit of magic in the air...The Out There concert

The experience of going to the Paul McCartney concert,  Out There, was everything I'd hoped for - lovely weather with a still autumnal feeling in the air; friendly crowds; fun with my son, and niece; and a wonderful musical experience.

Part of the fun, was finding a parking spot, and then walking some distance to the stadium, with other happy concert goers. It became evident that there was going to be a very large crowd at Mosaic stadium. We learned later that the crowd for the concert was over 44, 0000, which is good for a city of our size - 250,000.

Our seats were way up, above the crowds, and we loved this vantage point. As well we were in the very center front seats, with no one in front of us.

  Yes, we were quite far from the stage, but our viewpoint allowed us to get a grand picture of the event, including this beautiful sunset.

We waited a long time for the concert to start - 45 minutes. Later we heard that the concert was held up to wait for concert goers who streamed in steadily . My brother-in-law later  told us that the band had been stuck in traffic, and so called our local popular music radio station, CJME, and said "We're stuck in traffic, does anyone want to talk with Paul". So, the amazed radio announcer had an impromptu, interview with Paul for about 20 minutes.

At the time we were not sure why the concert was so late. We were kept entertained with a light screen collage of the Beatles, and music.

Paul, my son, and I thought maybe they were waiting for the sun to set.

After this beautiful sunset, we still waited for sometime, when suddenly, with no fanfare, the band appeared and started playing "Eight Days a Week".

The music continued nonstop for 3 hours. It seemed to me that the people in the audience were just genuinely happy, and thrilled to have Paul entertain with his lovely songs, and friendly manner. There is nothing off putting, or snobbish in this famous star's engagement with the crowd.

Paul changed guitars frequently through the evening, and of course played the piano. Here he is playing the music for Hey Jude. And yes, the night was lit up with small lights as people shone their phones.

He and his band sang 33 songs this night, and I was surprised when my son, Paul seemed to know so many of them. My beautiful niece Summer, also seemed to be familiar with most of the songs.

One of my favourite songs in the concert was Blackbird. This was performed by Paul alone on stage.
 I know it is hard to see him but isn't that a lovely background for the song.

There were fireworks midway through the evening, here following the Wings tune, Live and Let Die, the theme song for the 1973 James Bond movie of the same name.

After two encores, the concert ended with Golden Slumbers, and The End - and more fireworks to close the night.

The crowd dispersed happily and peacefully. For many, I think a once in a life time opportunity to see a favourite star, perform live. In my books, he lived up to his reputation as a performer, and true star.

I am so happy I had a chance to see this, and must thank my son Paul for taking me to this event.


kj said...

Fantastic!!!!! I also love that nothing bothered you: the traffic, parking, the delay. It sounds like a concert you will never forget. And sir Paul: how impressive


Mullin Avenue Workshop said...

Hi, there, kj,
Thanks for reading here.
It really, really was impressive to have Sir Paul, here in our city.
I think nothing could have bothered me, and it seemed to be a sentiment felt by everyone there. We were just gobsmacked to have this man here in our city, being so genuinely Paul.

Teri Casper said...

I can feel your happiness from the concert through your happy words and bright lights. It all sounds so fantastic. I'm so happy you enjoyed it to the max.


Mullin Avenue Workshop said...

It was very special indeed, and fun sharing here as well.
Thanks as ever for reading, and visiting here!

The Boston Lady said...

Brenda, what a wonderful evening! I love the story about Paul being stuck in traffic and doing the radio interview. What a lovely man and terrific entertainer. You have seen a once in a lifetime concert for sure. So glad you had such a great time.

"Black bird singing in the dead of night..."


Mullin Avenue Workshop said...

Thanks, Ann,
It has added to my memories being able to share here with friends.
I also loved the thought of Paul just calling up the radio station - it seems seems something so evocative of the spirit and enthusiasm of the Beatles in their early days. Innocent and genuine.
Thanks again for reading here.

Geraldine said...

Brenda, This sounds very exciting. Some people really do stay "forever young" Sir Paul seems to be one of them (although his ex wife called him an "old fart" at one point LOL, not nice. ;<)

Mick Jagger is another rocker I'd love to see in person, even now. The closest I've come is an Imax concert and that was pretty amazing too.

Happy Wednesday, G

Mullin Avenue Workshop said...

Hey, Ger,
Thanks for dropping in.
Well, I do know you are a fan of Sir Paul!
The Rolling Stones WERE here in our small city in 2009, (I think), and I could hear them from my porch. I could here Mick Jagger loud and clear.

veggiesyarnsandtails said...

I hope 2014 is a wonderful and happy year for you Brenda. All the best to you. :<)

Geraldine said...

how are you doing Brenda? I was over at Teri's today and thought I'd click through to see if you've been posting again.

wishing you well and hope things are getting better, in every way.

take care, G

Mullin Avenue Workshop said...

Thanks for checking by.
I'm doing very well, and appreciate your asking. :)
BTW, I missed your comment here at Christmas, or I would have responded.
I am planning to send you an e-mail, so will just say Thanks, again,